Bargaining Power: Let’s Make A Deal



I’m all about bargains, especially these days. There are still items I will spring for but I don’t spring like I used to.

Here are my latest “finds”:

The Dollar, $.99, $1.09, Whatever You Want To Call Them Stores – I LOVE these places for several reasons. Gift bags, you can get any size and/or shape for $1. And they don’t look cheap. I hate it when I have a large gift and the bag costs more than the present. NOT ANY LONGER! See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya, Hallmark! I also find microfiber hair towels, all sorts of dental items (not toothpaste, though), hairspray, glass votives, and fake pewter trays. Plus, they have a bunch of stuff that I remember from my childhood. Kitchy stuff. Probably IS from my childhood. How old does something have to be to be considered an antique?

Target – the buyers for Target are Very Smart People. One reason? The designer lines that pop up. From erin fetherston (enormous heart handbag) to John Derian ( home goods) to Temple St. Clair (jewelry), well, let’s just say I couldn’t touch any of these lines, all of which I love, without Target. Would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention my fave, Boots. Am not a big fan of make up, but there are some things that must be covered up enhanced. Have been loyal to YSL Touche éclat for years. Great undereye concealer, $45 for 2.5 ounces. No Mas! I now use Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow concealer, $12.99 for 2.5 ounces. Looks just the same to me. The other product that is major wonderful is Boots Mediterranean Olive, Almond, & Sage Wonderbalm, $8.99. My lips LOVE me.

Clothes and Shoes – am personally beyond picky about these items; they don’t have to be expensive but the lines, design, materials, and details MUST be present. When shopping for myself, I have a picture in my head of what I’m looking for and I do not stop until I find it. When I am successful, I try on item, write down style number, head home, and get on the computer. I will find the same item at a price I prefer. Win-win. The adventure, for me, is shopping for others. Which I do. Today my friend needed my help. Challenge on! Armed with her size, I pulled together a wardrobe that can take her from the beach to the White House, any season. One hour – 14 pieces of clothing. And the tab is what two pieces would normally cost. Love when that happens.

Other Bargain Stops – Saw “The Social Network” and “Winter’s Bone” for $2. Redbox rocks. You can get paid for participating in online surveys – not shyster kind, but from Opinion Outpost. The surveys aren’t long and I’ve gotten paid at least $200 over the past 9 months. Don’t quite your day job, but the process is interesting and cash is cash.

Those are my “tips” today. On to General BS. If you are not a total fan yet, please reserve next Tuesday evening for the show, “Raising Hope“. Hysterical is an understatement. If you don’t like it, don’t tell me.

Getting too general … and boring myself to pieces. Get specific! Okay, if you are a fairy godperson out there, here is what I would welcome (aside from world peace, cure for cancer, and other important issues):

  • Some levity, no, make that a ton of levity
  • A long run of very good luck and health
  • Love and laughter, company and chatter
  • Knowledge that the unspoken prayers in my heart are heard

* I want the same for you.

*Please do not use kooky formula aka “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

Do we have a bargain?


Because I need to read your posts.


Hamster Cage Holidays

No, I’m not fresh out of bull. Just distracted. By insanity. At the request of the Idiot, who is terrified by the dental photo of last post, I’m just spewing forth whatever comes to mind. That is scary, folks. And wondering why I am always in town for any and every holiday. I guess I can’t celebrate this one as I do not labor, but I’ve been in labor twice so that should count for something, eh?

Running round and around

There is nothing like the phrase, “company’s coming”, to make you get your rear in gear and spruce up the home front. College Girl and her “friend” are coming in town for the football game tomorrow. Of course, they are staying here. I had to scramble to get new mattresses. Did you know that twin xl mattresses are not readily available and cost about twice what a regular twin costs?  Poppy, my great-grandfather, was 6’4″. Married people slept in twin beds back in the day. He had the beds made so his knees wouldn’t hang off the mattress. Long story short, the mattresses needed replacing, what with all the bedbug nastiness everywhere I look, and Labor Day sales are here. So I walked into Mattress Land and said, “Hello, that’ll be two extra-long, pillow-top, twin mattresses with box springs, delivered tonight. Don’t even think about charging me a fortune or I will cut you.” The salesman said, “Alrighty, then”. In and out, 15 minutes. A grillion dollars. The knowledge that I have no bed bugs, priceless.

Funny Things Other People Said

The 1960s were when hallucinogenic drugs were really big. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we had shows like “The Flying Nun”.   ellen degeneres

“I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”  steven wright

Cooking Partner Wanders Off The Grid

His middle name is “vague”. He thinks it’s funny. My middle name is “specific”. It’s my responsibility to whip my casa into shape. But I sure wish he’d surface on my radar, get his man panties over here and help me shove stuff around. Even though that’s not his job. I’m giving him an F- in Lending a Hand. Because I can.

Birthday Festival Month

Yep, it’s that time again. Another birthday coming up. Woo Hoo, really! Am not into astrology, but if I were, it is safe for me to say that I am a Virgo/Libra. Presents, gifts, money, jobs … all accepted. You will receive most excellent thank you note in return. P.S. It’s not until later in month but the early bird gets the worm.

Great Stuff I’ve Seen Lately

The Temple St. Clair for Target jewelry is out of control. Her designs are so beautiful and so out-of-my-financial-orbit. She created a line for Target, very affordable and beautiful, that debuted at the end of August. Checking it out online, the website said almost every piece was sold out. I called “major bs’ on that, went to the nearest Target, and every single piece was there.

 Favorite iPhone Apps

My addictions. Excuse me, iPhone addictions, no need to mention others at this time. In no particular order, my favorite apps of the moment are: Words with Friends, Angry Birds, Unblock Me, Search 60, Koi Pond, Epic Win, This American Life, and WordZinga. I know, tragic. But really fun.

Must go heave-ho.